Totally objective: CBS reporter tweets love for Mich gov’s anti-DeVos shirt pic – then deletes
Betsy DeVos stepped down as the nation’s secretary of education after Wednesday’s riot at the U.S. Capitol.
Like many in Trump’s administration, she saw that violence – which left five people dead – as a blight on the nation. But before she left, DeVos had done more to help America’s students get ahead, at all levels, than plenty of those unionized teacheristas who want to stay home and still get paid.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took unmitigated delight in the departure of DeVos, who came to the Trump administration from Michigan. Whitmer tweeted a photo of her smirking self – some of us can remember being told smirks were evil, at least when worn by Catholic high school kids from Kentucky – wearing a T-shirt that read “Dear America (depicted by a map), sorry about Betsy DeVos. Sincerely, Michigan (again with a map).”
One might think Whitmer, who is vying with New York Gov. Andrew “Who me?” Cuomo as the nation’s leader of putting COVID-infected elderly back into nursing homes, would focus more on battling the virus. After all, Michigan’s death rate from the virus is only 30 percent higher than the nation’s as a whole.
Whitmer wasn’t the only one enjoying DeVos’s decision, however.
As predictable as rain in the Amazon, members of our fair, objective, totally unbiased media did too, even as they tried to keep it on the down low.
CBS News “reporter” Ed O’Keefe fired off a tweet featuring not one but two “fire” emojis to cheer Whitmer’s takedown of DeVos.
O’Keefe, perhaps realizing that he has to continue masquerading as objective for appearance’s sake, apparently realized this was bad form and deleted his tweet. Thankfully, others saved it for him so he can revisit the moment he reveled in one public servant’s ridiculous gloat – by the way did we mention that close to 100 people in Michigan will die from COVID today? – of another choosing conscience over collecting a government paycheck.
— Nicholas Fondacaro (@NickFondacaro) January 8, 2021
On Twitter, Nicholas Fondacaro of the conservative Media Research Center asked O’Keefe, “Auditioning to be her press sec now since (President-elect Joe) Biden filled his press shop already?”
Biden wouldn’t consider O’Keefe anyway, although he might have a shot if he identified as a woman. Fondacaro added, “This is what passes as ‘journalism’ at CBS.”
Conservative columnist Stephen Miller tweeted, “Doing great, Ed. Truth to power.”
Now, Ed can return to asking Biden questions he’ll never answer and spoon-feeding his viewers DNC press releases.
For the record, in her resignation letter, “Impressionable children are watching all of this and they are learning from us,” she continued. “I believe we each have a moral obligation to exercise good judgment and model the behavior we hope they would emulate. They must know from us that America is greater than what transpired yesterday.”